Christopher Wolf

Christopher Wolf

Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 202 637 8834

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Long before most lawyers saw any connection between the Internet and privacy, Chris Wolf was already advising clients on a spectrum of domestic and international privacy law issues.

Widely recognized as a pioneer in Internet law and a thought leader, Chris is of counsel in the firm's Privacy and Information Management practice. He brings not only a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role at Hogan Lovells but vision as well.

Whether it's Big Data, cloud computing, social media, the Internet of Things, connected cars, online tracking, cross-border transfers of data, or any number of technology-related areas, Chris remains at the forefront of U.S. lawyers with the ability to "think around corners" and see what's ahead.

Plugged in to D.C. policymaking and with an eye on the political landscape, Chris brings insight to clients as a compliance counselor who's focused on risk management while effectively advocating in federal court, at the FTC, and before state agencies. Washingtonian magazine called him a "Tech Titan," MSNBC "an Internet pioneer," and Chambers ranked him a "Star Individual," writing, "The 'amazing' Christopher Wolf is a 'dean of the industry' who is frequently revered as 'the best in the business.'"

Chris is also the founder and board president of the Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank devoted to advancing responsible data practices, which has become a leading forum for discussing and developing best practices.

Awards and recognitions


Privacy and Data Security (USA), Senior Statesman
Chambers Global


Privacy & Data Security (Nationwide), Senior Statesman
Chambers USA


Privacy and Data Security (USA)
Chambers Global


Privacy & Data Security (Nationwide), Senior Statespeople
Chambers USA


Privacy and Data Security (USA), Star Individual
Chambers Global


Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Cyber Law (Including Data Protection and Privacy), Hall of Fame
Legal 500 US


Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Cyber Law (Including Data Protection and Privacy), Leading Lawyer
Legal 500 US


Privacy & Data Security (Nationwide), Star Individual
Chambers USA


Lifetime Achievement Award
Electronic Privacy Information Center


Compassion in Action Award
Food & Friends


500 Outstanding Lawyers in America
Lawdragon 500


IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)


Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent (5 out of 5) Rating - In Privacy Law, Internet Law, and Intellectual Property


Super Lawyers


Washingtonian Magazine Tech Titan


Data Protection
Who's Who Legal of Internet & e-Commerce Lawyers


Best Privacy Advisors


Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

Education and admissions


J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1980

A.B., Bowdoin College, cum laude, 1976

Attended, The London School of Economics and Political Science, 1975


Advisor, American Law Institute Project on Information Privacy Principles

Board Member, WETA TV and Radio

Board Member, Young Concert Artists

Co-Chair, Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism Task Force on Internet Hate

Member, Advisory Board, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

Member, Advisory Panel of Experts, The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Information Security and Privacy

Member, American Bar Association

Member, American Society of International Law

Member and Past Chair, International Network Against Cyber-Hate (INACH)

Member and Past Chair, Washington, D.C. Regional Governing Board of the Anti-Defamation League

Member and Past President, Food & Friends Board of Directors

Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Member, Board of Advisors, Fordham Law School Center on Law and Information Policy

Member, Cosmos Club

Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Member, National Executive Committee of the Anti-Defamation League

Member, The American Law Institute

Member, The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

New York

Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. Court of International Trade

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. Supreme Court

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